History of the Ancient Near East (i+p) (2014/2015)

Teaching is organised as follows:
Unit Credits Academic sector Period Academic staff
I MODULO PARTE (I) 6 L-OR/01-HISTORY OF ANCIENT NEAR EAST Semestrino IB Simonetta Ponchia
II MODULO PARTE (P) 6 L-OR/01-HISTORY OF ANCIENT NEAR EAST Semestrino IIA Simonetta Ponchia

Learning outcomes

Module: I MODULO PARTE (I)
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knowledge of the civilization stages, geographical environment and main historical events of the ancient Near East, knowledge of the main historical sources concerning the periods treated and of the methods for their analysis; knowledge of the main and recent approaches to the study of the ancient Near East and of the basic bibliographical tools. The second part of the course (p) is aimed at an in-depth study of specific sectors of the history of the ancient Near East and relating sources, at providing the knowledge of specific bibliography, analytical and research tools framed in an integrated approach which combines historical, phylological and archaeological data and methods.

Syllabus

Module: I MODULO PARTE (I)
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The course (i+p) is aimed at providing a comprehensive view of the history of the ancient Near East from prehistory to first millennium BC. The first part (course i) is general in character and considers the major historical peridizations of Syro-Mesopotamian history, from the beginning of urban civilization to the Late Babylonian period.

References: M. Liverani, Antico Oriente. Storia, società economia, Roma-Bari (Laterza), 2011; S. de Martino (a cura di), Storia dell’Europa e del Mediterraneo. Il mondo antico. Vol. II: Le civiltà dell’Oriente mediterraneo, Salerno editrice, Roma 2006; L. Milano (ed), Il Vicino Oriente antico dalla origini ad Alessandro Magno, Enciclomedia Publishers, 2012. Additional bibliographical references and indications on the use of the bibliographical tools will be provided during the lessons.


Methods: lectures, guided analysis of documents. Attendance is recommended; students who can not attend classes are kindly requested to contact the teacher.


Module: II MODULO PARTE (P)
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The second part (course p) will be devoted a) to illustrating the Mesopotamian literary tradition in its historical contexts, with particular concern for the first millennium BC and the analysis of selected examples of mythological, devotional, lyric, scholastic texts and of the milieus of their production, study, filing, fruition, b) to highlighting the scribal culture charateristics, the relationships between scholars and ruling class, court and religious centres, methods of study and interpretation of the previous literary tradition, as well as innovative and original works.

Bibliography: S. Ponchia – M. Luukko, Nergal and Ereškigal, Helsinki 2013; E. Frahm, Babylonian and Assyrian Text Commentaries. Origins of Interpretation, GMTR 5, Münster 2011; S.N. Kramer – J. Bottéro, Uomini e dei della Mesopotamia, Torino, 1992.
Addional references will be provided during the lessons.

Methods: lectures, guided analysis of documents. Attendance is recommended; students who can not attend classes are kindly requested to contact the teacher.

Assessment methods and criteria

Module: I MODULO PARTE (I)
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oral exam


Module: II MODULO PARTE (P)
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oral exam